In a choice that will probably surprise no one, Ric Flair is Stone Cold Steve Austin’s favourite wrestler of all time.
AUSTIN CALLED FLAIR THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME
Recently, Austin made an appearance at WWE’s The Bump, where he discussed some on-going projects he was associated with, such as “Straight Up Steve Austin.” However, the topic inevitably swerved to members of the WWE roster and legends.
Charlotte Flair is supposed to be one of the guests in the upcoming season of “Straight Up Steve Austin,” and while speaking about her, “The Texas Rattlesnake” also discussed her father, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. During the conversation, Austin called Flair the greatest of all time.
“The Nature Boy” himself is an admirer of Austin, as he has discussed in past that his version of a pro-wrestling Mount Rushmore will comprise of Austin, alongside himself, The Rock and Hulk Hogan.
HE IS WIDELY REGARDED AS THE GREATEST
Alongside Austin, he is Regarded by multiple peers and journalists as the greatest professional wrestler of all time. A major pay-per-view attraction throughout his career, Flair headlined the premier annual NWA/WCW event, Starrcade, on ten occasions, while also co-headlining its WWF counterpart, WrestleMania, in 1992, after winning that year’s Royal Rumble.
PWI awarded him their Wrestler of the Year award a record six times, while Wrestling Observer Newsletter named him the Wrestler of the Year (an award named after him and Lou Thesz) a record eight times.
He is officially recognized by WWE as a 16-time world champion (8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and two-time WWF Champion), although the number of his world championship reigns varies by source, ranging from 16 to 25. He himself claima to be a 21-time champion.
HE IS NOW A SEMI-REGULAR MEMBER OF WWE PROGRAMMING
“The Nature Boy” is now a semi-regular member of WWE programming again. During summer of 2020, Flair came back to WWE programming turning heel for the first time since 2005 in WWE, supporting Randy Orton for a few weeks before being attacked by “The Legend Killer.”
Now Flair reprises his role as a heel by being the manager of Lacey Evans, the current rival of his daughter, Charlotte Flair.